ONTARIO MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION
(EDITOR'S NOTE: In our ongoing search for completely irrelevant images to accompany SooToday.com news articles, we asked our readers to send us pictures of local studs. We thank you for flooding our e-mail address with images. After receiving this shot of Brian Blaney, we decided no one could possibly be more gorgeous than that. Sorry, but now that the Sault's studliest stud-muffin has stepped forward, we won't be able to post any more stud pictures. Or nothing else will ever get done around here!)
********************** Studded tires mean safer roads in icy conditions
Lightweight studs now Legal In Northern Ontario
NORTH BAY, ON, Dec. 16 - The Ontario government has legalized the use of studded tires in Northern Ontario to improve road safety in icy conditions, Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar announced today. "This government has kept its commitment to allow residents in Northern Ontario the option of using studded tires," Takhar said. "When used properly, studded tires improve mobility and safety for drivers on icy roads." There are approximately 250,000 motor vehicle collisions on Ontario roads per year, about 20,000 of them in Northern Ontario.
Of these, about 14 per cent occur in icy conditions. The Transportation Statute Law Amendment act (Bill 169) was passed in November 2005.
As part of this Act, a regulation was proclaimed earlier this month allowing owners of vehicles registered in Northern Ontario to use lightweight Scandinavian studs in tires anywhere in Ontario from October 1 to April 30. Studded tires are now available and can be ordered by your local supplier in Northern Ontario. Northern residents living north of and including Parry Sound and Nipissing Districts can now use studded tires on their vehicles. The Ministry of Transportation provides tips on how to drive on snow and ice.
This information is available at Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Offices, through Publications Ontario, Government Information Centres and on the ministry's website: www.mto.gov.on.ca. "Ontario has the safest roads in North America. I want to make sure we maintain that record," added Takhar. "Now that winter is here, we want drivers to slow down and give themselves plenty of room to stop and drive safely." For the most recent road conditions across Ontario, please call the Ministry of Transportation's information line, toll-free at 1-800-268-4686, or dial 416-235-4686 if calling within the Greater Toronto Area.